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    First sounds from a modular

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    I decided a while ago that I wanted to put together a modular synth. I ran across Synthesizers.com which sells both full systems and individual modules as well as a pay as you go starter system. At this point I've got enough modules to hear the first sounds. So far so good - a lot to learn. MIDI from Rosegarden to the MIDI in module to the first osc and thus to a VCA.

    With telescopes you celebrate first light. So this is a first sound celebration with a little Bach, Pachebel and Mussorgski followed by a Merlot....
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    Sweet! You celebrate "first oil" when you're drilling, too.

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    I've been working on a phantom-powered theremin project; it's done prototyping and I've had "first sounds from outer space" already Man, I sure love that UAD Space Echo

    Schemo will be up on my site soon. It's only four transistors, but a buttload of capacitors . . . about forty components total.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mshilarious View Post
    I've been working on a phantom-powered theremin project; it's done prototyping and I've had "first sounds from outer space" already Man, I sure love that UAD Space Echo

    Schemo will be up on my site soon. It's only four transistors, but a buttload of capacitors . . . about forty components total.
    that would be cool! I remember making one when I was about 10. It was one of the projects in a De Forest electronics kit from the '60s.

    Let's see, first souund, first oil, first hand wave!

    --regards

    PS Thanks for the capsules They arrived safely - would have PM'd you....
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    Congrats on the modular! Be warned - you will never complete this project!!! It will force you to keep expanding it indefinitely and eventually take over your life and all you will do is build new modules for it until you die
    It's happened to me, I know! I had to get professional help and enroll in rehab after building two large systems

    Any plans for building your own modules from scratch?

    If you haven't done it already you might want to consider joining the Synth-DIY mailing list. It is hugely helpful and educational.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evm1024 View Post
    that would be cool! I remember making one when I was about 10. It was one of the projects in a De Forest electronics kit from the '60s.
    I imagine the circuit's not too different; I adapted my from an article written in 1995, just changed the power supply and the output mostly, and tried to reduce the unnecessarily large number of component values . . . I would have liked to add at least two more transistors, but this isn't a project for money so I kept it simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Somnium7 View Post
    Congrats on the modular! Be warned - you will never complete this project!!! It will force you to keep expanding it indefinitely and eventually take over your life and all you will do is build new modules for it until you die
    It's happened to me, I know! I had to get professional help and enroll in rehab after building two large systems

    Any plans for building your own modules from scratch?

    If you haven't done it already you might want to consider joining the Synth-DIY mailing list. It is hugely helpful and educational.
    Thanks for the advise on the mailing list. I've been looking at some lists trying to decide on the hughedt signal to noise ratio.

    As for building - a LFO module comes to mind. Nice that dot.com sells blank panels.
    In Sunny Vancouver ..... (Washington)

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    The De Forrest kit was tube based on 4 x 4 phenolic boards. Lots of fun and learning. I really don't remember much about the circuit. Fun for a while then pull it apart and build one of the other projects (FM transmitters!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by evm1024 View Post
    The De Forrest kit was tube based on 4 x 4 phenolic boards. Lots of fun and learning. I really don't remember much about the circuit. Fun for a while then pull it apart and build one of the other projects (FM transmitters!)

    -Ethan
    Yeah, that's why I'm not doing this commercially--it oscillates in the low mHz range, so I'd have to demonstrate FCC compliance. Plus you can buy the Moog kit for $400, which seems to be a really nice instrument.

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    Heh heh, "Let there be Sound" ... it's about time you've got some
    Looks cool.
    I am still searching for a 'sound' in the post and no success . Any chances I can be sucessful some day?
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